Air Conditioning Experts Blog : Archive for the ‘Heat Pumps’ Category

Did You Know? Whole-House Heat Pumps Work All Year

Monday, February 6th, 2017

digital-thermostatA heat pump is a heating and cooling system in one. That doesn’t mean manufacturers combine a furnace—the conventional forced-air heating system—with an air conditioner in a single cabinet. Instead, a heat pump uses the same components for both heating and air conditioning. And it does this efficiently.

Read on for more information about this two-in-one system, or call our team for heat pump service in Roswell, GA.

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2 Types of Heat Pumps

Monday, September 5th, 2016

When customers are in the market for a new whole-home cooling system and a high-efficiency central heater, we often recommend heat pumps. Heat pumps are high-efficiency heating and cooling systems in one, and they can help many homeowners to cut down on monthly comfort costs.

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Why We Recommend Heat Pumps

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

If you have a whole-home heating and cooling system in your home, it most likely consists of two completely separate units: a furnace and an air conditioner. While they may both use the air ducts and perhaps even the same blower components, they have separate parts that work quite differently. A furnace uses gas or electricity to heat the home. And if yours is electric, it  probably uses quite a bit of energy every time it’s cold out.

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Contact a Trane Dealer for the Ultimate in Comfort

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016

Looking for a replacement heating and air conditioning system, but not sure where to start? We stand by the comfort and efficiency of Trane XL comfort systems. Today, you can get a high-efficiency heat pump that heats and cools your home while keeping your monthly bills as low as possible, with proper maintenance and operation. Learn more about Trane’s line of quality cooling and heating systems below!

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How Today’s Heat Pumps Are Better than Ever Before

Monday, November 30th, 2015

Maybe you’ve had a heat pump in the past, and maybe you had a bad experience with its level of performance. Perhaps you’ve heard that heat pumps do poorly in cold weather and you’re skeptical about installing a new one. No matter what kinds of experiences you may have had with a heat pump 15 or 20 years ago, you should know that times have changed. Today’s heat pumps perform better than they ever have before.

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What Is a Heat Pump, and Why Should You Have One?

Monday, June 8th, 2015

If you are in the market for a new air conditioning system, you actually have more options than you may think. It’s not just a matter of choosing between different brands and efficiency ratings. You can also find air conditioners with variable speed settings, advanced programming options, or even units that can heat or cool your home. This latter type of unit is called a heat pump, and we’ll explain how it works here. Consider a heat pump for your next air conditioning installation, especially if you are located in the Atlanta area.

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3 Reasons to Get a Heat Pump for Your AC Replacement in Atlanta

Monday, April 13th, 2015

You have a lot of options when it comes to replacing your older air conditioning system, one of which can both cool and heat a home efficiently and with just as much power as any other forced-air AC or heating system: the heat pump. Heat pumps are essentially air conditioners that can run in reverse. While conventional air conditioners only remove heat from the home and move it outside, heat pumps can move heat indoors as well. Here are 3 great reasons to consider these very effective units for your next AC (and heating) installation or replacement.

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Why Maintenance Is Important for Your Heat Pump

Friday, February 20th, 2015

One could argue that heat pumps work even harder than separate heating or cooling systems simply because heat pumps provide both heating and cooling on their own. This means that your heat pump operates almost all year versus a single season. As such, it is highly recommended that you schedule heat pump maintenance for your Snellville system twice a year.

What Happens During a Heat Pump Maintenance Appointment?

Here is a general overview of what happens during a heat pump maintenance appointment with your Air Conditioning Experts, Inc., technician:

  • Full inspection of the system
  • Change the air filter
  • Check refrigerant levels
  • Check all electrical wiring and components, including circuit boards
  • Cleaning of components
  • Performance testing
  • Cleaning of condensate array

Why Schedule Maintenance?

Here are some reasons why maintenance is important:

  • Better energy efficiency – many homeowners use heat pump systems because they are very energy efficient, but when your heat pump system isn’t properly maintained, the efficiency level can decrease significantly, anywhere from 10%-25%.
  • Prevents repairs – the cleaning, adjusting and lubrication heat pumps receive during a routine maintenance appointment helps keep the components in optimal shape, reducing potential repairs. Additionally, the thorough inspection allows the technician to detect any problems before they can become big issues.
  • Extend life of the equipment – maintenance keeps your system in good working order year after year, which can help extend the life of the equipment.

Can I Perform Maintenance Myself?

The short answer is yes, but the better question is, should you? Heat pumps are complicated devices; as such, there is a lot of room for error if you don’t have the expertise needed to work on them. Are you willing to take the risk of breaking and/or damaging your heat pump just to save a few dollars?

If it’s been more than twelve months since your last heat pump maintenance appointment in Snellville, call Air Conditioning Experts, Inc., in Atlanta to day and schedule an appointment!

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Why Is the Outside Unit of My Dual Fuel Hybrid System Still Running?

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Furnaces have been around for many years, and are known to be reliable and safe central heating systems. However, furnaces haven’t always been known as the most efficient systems out there. Older furnaces had a standing pilot light that remained on at all times, consuming energy even when the heating cycle was complete. Today’s furnaces are far more efficient, with an electronic ignition system that allows for at least 80% annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE). However, this still may not be as efficient as a heat pump.

A heat pump is an air conditioning and heating system in one, which contains both an outdoor and an indoor unit much like a traditional air conditioning system. Heat pumps are efficient because they don’t use any energy to generate heat; they just shift heat from place to place. But on a very cold day, a heat pump may not have enough power to fully heat up a home. Dual fuel hybrid systems switch between the two units when temperatures drop too low, producing some of the most efficient heating possible.

Normally, when homeowners run their heating units, no outside unit runs. This is because a traditional air conditioner contains an outdoor unit and an indoor unit, while a furnace only has an indoor component connected to the ducts. But when you have a dual fuel hybrid system, you’ll probably notice the outdoor unit continues to run, even on a very cold night. This worries some homeowners, but if you know how a heat pump works, you know this is perfectly normal.

Heat pumps use refrigerant to move heat from the outside to the inside or vice versa when you switch it into heating mode. The outside unit, which contains the compressor, a large coil, and a fan, must continue to run in order to draw in outside air and absorb heat. The unit should be able to work effectively even in very cold weather. In fact, the gas furnace shouldn’t kick in until the temperature outside reaches the balance point the heat pump can meet, which is usually below freezing.

Air Conditioning Experts, Inc. can help you to learn more about your heater or provide professional repairs, maintenance, and installation for dual fuel hybrid systems in Norcross.

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Heat Pump FAQ: Why Is My Outdoor Unit Still Running in the Winter?

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

If you’ve been paying attention to your heat pump during the summer, you’ve noticed that the outdoor unit runs by blowing hot air out of the house to cool it. You may be a bit perplexed, then, to discover that the outdoor unit is still running during the winter when you turn the heat on. Let’s take a look at why this happens, starting with how a heat pump works.

How a Heat Pump Works

A heat pump is primarily composed of two units, an outdoor unit and an indoor unit. You already know this, of course. What you may not know is that the two units are connected by a refrigerant line that runs between them. This line terminates in a coil in each unit. When the system is on, the coil in one unit is evaporating refrigerant inside it, while the coil in the other unit is condensing refrigerant back into a liquid.

When refrigerant is evaporated inside one of the coils, it pulls heat from the surrounding air and into the coil itself, where it is stored in the gaseous refrigerant. The refrigerant gas then travels to the other unit, where the coil condenses it back into a liquid. This releases the heat from the refrigerant and back out into the air.

Why the Outdoor Unit is Still Running

So, you see, the outdoor unit is running when your heat pump is on because you told it to. When you turn on the heat, the outdoor unit becomes the one that evaporates refrigerant to pull heat from the outside air. The indoor unit then condenses it and releases heat into the house. The only difference between a heat pump that’s in heating mode and one that’s in cooling mode is which way the refrigerant is moving.

So, if you see the outdoor unit of your heat pump running during the winter when you have the heat on, don’t worry. It’s doing exactly what it’s supposed to be doing.

If you’d like to know more, call Air Conditioning Experts, Inc. We install heat pumps throughout Atlanta.

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